A Million Ways to Die in the West - Review
Disclaimer: Due to technical reasons at my screening, we were unable to see the final thirty minutes of this film, but -- spoiler warning -- I still loved it!
Set in Arizona in 1882, local sheep farmer Albert Stark (Seth Macfarlane) has just been dumped by his girlfriend Louise (Amanda Seyfried), after failing to take part in a duel. Albert’s life is forever changed when he meets the mysterious Anna (Charlize Theron), who helps him find his much-needed confidence. Turns out, of course, that it’s in fact Anna who needs Albert’s help, when her past catches up with her in the form of her husband, Clinch Leatherwood (Liam Neeson), the roughest, toughest gunslinger in the region.
The performances are so much fun; Macfarlane and Theron have excellent chemistry on screen, which at times reminded me of Bob Hope and Jane Russell in Pale Face. On more than a few occasions, it seemed like Theron was really struggling not to laugh at some of Macfarlane’s more outrageous lines. Macfarlane really impressed me with the physicality of his performance; with plenty of pratfalls and horse related stunts, it kind of reminded me of a Donald O’Connor or a young Steve Martin. However, as good as the leads are, this film belongs to the supporting players, namely Giovanni Ribisi (Edward), Sarah Silverman (Ruth), Neil Patrick Harris (Foy) and Amanda Seyfried (Louise). It takes certain actors to pull off the absurdity that Macfarlane creates. Luckily he’s assembled a crack-commando team prepared to do the unspeakable in order to get a laugh, and for that, I salute him. Neil Patrick Harris and Giovanni Ribisi are the absolute standouts.
Although I may have been deprived of seeing the whole film, I can safely say that this is one hell of good time at the cinema and definitely worth getting out to see. A Million Way to Die in the West opens this Thursday in cinemas everywhere. If you see the film and agree or disagree with my thoughts, feel free to drop a line below.